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Federal Register / Vol. 71, No.

32 / Thursday, February 16, 2006 / Notices 8279

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Issuance of this permit, as required by Working Group meeting held at the end
the ESA, was based on a finding that of February. Any U.S. citizen with an
National Oceanic and Atmospheric such permit: (1) was applied for in good identifiable interest in U.S. whale
Administration faith; (2) will not operate to the conservation policy may participate, but
[I.D. 012506F] disadvantage of such endangered NOAA reserves the authority to inquire
species; and (3) is consistent with the about the interests of any person who
Marine Mammals; File No. 978–1791 purposes and policies set forth in appears at a meeting and to determine
section 2 of the ESA. the appropriateness of that person’s
AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries participation. Persons who represent
Dated: February 9, 2006.
Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and foreign interests may not attend. These
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Stephen L. Leathery,
stringent measures are necessary to
Commerce. Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education
Division, Office of Protected Resources,
protect the confidentiality of U.S.
ACTION: Notice; issuance of permit. negotiating positions.
National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E6–2195 Filed 2–15–06; 8:45 am] The meeting will be held at 10 am in
SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that
the NOAA Science Center Room, 1301
Paul E. Nachtigall, Ph.D., Marine BILLING CODE 3510–22–S
East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD
Mammal Research Program, Hawaii 20910. Please bring identification for
Institute of Marine Biology, P.O. Box admission into the building.
1106, Kailua, Hawaii 96734, has been DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
issued a permit to conduct research on Special Accommodations
National Oceanic and Atmospheric
certain cetacean species. These meetings are physically
ADDRESSES: The permit and related accessible to people with disabilities.
documents are available for review [I.D. 020106C] Requests for sign language
upon written request or by appointment interpretation or other auxiliary aids
International Whaling Commission;
in the following office(s): should be directed to the Cheri McCarty,
Permits, Conservation and Education Public Meeting; Announcement of
Public Meeting 301–713–9090 extension 183, by March
Division, Office of Protected Resources, 20, 2006.
NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Dated: February 9, 2006.
13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and William T. Hogarth,
(301)713–2289; fax (301)427–2521; and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
Pacific Islands Region, NMFS, 1601 Assistant Administrator for Fisheries,
Commerce. National Marine Fisheries Service.
Kapiolani Blvd., Rm 1110, Honolulu, HI ACTION: Notice of meeting.
96814–4700; phone (808)973–2935; fax [FR Doc. E6–2194 Filed 2–15–06; 8:45 am]
(808)973–2941. SUMMARY: This notice announces the BILLING CODE 3510–22–S

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: date and location of a public meeting

Andrew Wright or Amy Sloan, being held to discuss International
Whaling Commission (IWC) issues, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
including the outcome of the Revised
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Management Scheme Working Group
19, 2005, notice was published in the Administration
meeting held at the end of February.
Federal Register (70 FR 28909) that a
request for a scientific research permit DATES: The public meeting will be held
[I.D. 020806F]
to take certain cetacean species had March 31, 2006, at 10 am.
been submitted by the above-named ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in National Marine Fisheries Service,
individual. The requested permit has the NOAA Science Center Room, 1301 Pacific Fishery Management Council;
been issued under the authority of the East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD March 5–10, 2006 Council Meeting
Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, 20910.
as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries
Regulations Governing the Taking and Cheri McCarty, 301–713–9090, Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and
Importing of Marine Mammals (50 CFR Extension 183. Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
part 216), the Endangered Species Act of SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The
1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 Secretary of Commerce is charged with ACTION: Notice of public meetings.
et seq.), and the regulations governing the responsibility of discharging the
SUMMARY: The Pacific Fishery
the taking, importing, and exporting of obligations of the United States under
endangered and threatened species (50 Management Council (Council) and its
the International Convention for the
CFR parts 222–226). advisory entities will hold public
Regulation of Whaling, 1946. The U.S.
This permit authorizes the permit meetings.
Commissioner has primary
holder to conduct hearing responsibility for the preparation and DATES: The Council and its advisory
measurements on stranded cetaceans on negotiation of U.S. positions on entities will meet March 5–10, 2006.
beaches, in near-shore waters, and in international issues concerning whaling The Council meeting will begin on
rehabilitation facilities in the U.S. and for all matters involving the IWC. Monday, March 6, at 1 p.m.,
In compliance with the National He is staffed by the Department of reconvening at 8 a.m. each day Tuesday
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 Commerce and assisted by the through Friday. All meetings are open to
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U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), a final Department of State, the Department of the public, except a closed session will
determination has been made that the the Interior, Marine Mammal be held from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. on
activity proposed is categorically Commission, and by other agencies. Monday, March 6 to address litigation
excluded from the requirement to NOAA will hold a meeting to discuss and personnel matters. The Council will
prepare an environmental assessment or IWC issues, including the outcome of meet as late as necessary each day to
environmental impact statement. the Revised Management Scheme complete its scheduled business.

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